Infection Control Practitioner
Calgary - Alberta (AB),
Alberta Health Services
The Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner (ICP) is a patient safety expert with a breadth and depth of expertise in their own field who also requires knowledge of other disciplines in order to effectively apply IPC principles in different circumstances across all health care environments. The ICP leads the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of system wide improvements in infection prevention and serves as a role model to promote the goals of the IPC program within the larger context of the vision and mission of AHS. The ICP facilitates change through interpretation and application of standards, and provides best practice recommendations across the spectrum of the organization with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes and preventing health-care associated infections (HAI). Under the Direction of the IPC Executive Director, Calgary Zone and working in collaboration with the IPC Team, you will be responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the IPC program at the South Health Campus. Key Responsibilities: Consultation to all stakeholders, surveillance, education, risk management and research.
As an Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP), you will be a patient safety expert who leads the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of system wide improvements in infection prevention and serves as a role model to promote the goals of the IPC program within the larger context of the vision and mission of AHS. You will facilitate change through interpretation and application of standards, and provide best practice recommendations across the spectrum of the organization with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes and preventing health-care associated infections (HAI).
- Classification: Infection Control Practitioner
- Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
- Department: Infection Control
- Primary Location: South Health Campus
- Multi-Site: Not Applicable
Completion of bachelor's degree in a health related field. Minimum three years' experience in a clinical health care setting, OR experience and proficiency in two of the following: 1) patient care practice, 2) microbiology and infectious diseases, or 3) epidemiology and biostatistics. Active registration with the applicable college or hold an advanced degree in a health related field.Additional Required Qualifications:
The ICP needs to have strong computer skills, excellent communication skills, and an ability to function well both independently, and within a team. The position consistently requires the ability to concentrate, recall and memorize, think critically, interact socially and problem solve. Ability to synthesize complex standards and guidelines and apply to complex situations then translate the information to other stakeholders. The ICP will be required to lead teams for project work making experience in project and change management an asset. The ICP is responsible for ongoing personal professional development and maintaining a current knowledge and competency base (may include graduate level course, CIC). As the ICP often deals with issues of sensitivity, political acumen and discretion are essential. The ICP works with staff to create a positive work environment and maintains commitment to the AHS CARES values by completing projects and tasks correctly and on time, and using respectful communication.Preferred Qualifications:
Previous clinical experience in IPC. Certification in Infection Control (CIC) from the Certification Board of Infection Control Board (CBIC). Additional formal training in Infection Prevention and Control in an IPAC endorsed course.